Ramaphosa will return to State Capture Inquiry next week

Ramaphosa will return to State Capture Inquiry next week

Cyril Ramaphosa is due back at the State Capture Inquiry next week, after the Zondo Commission confirmed that they are now ready to host the President as he wraps up his testimony from earlier in the year.

WHAT DATES IS RAMAPHOSA BACK AT THE STATE CAPTURE INQUIRY?

Ramaphosa played with a straight bat during his last interrogation by Raymond Zondo and his expert legal colleagues. When matters adjourned, Cyril hadn’t given too much away, but he was told that he’d have to come back at some point.

The time has come, and his first day back at the Inquiry will be Wednesday 11 August:

“The Chairperson of the Commission has fixed 11 and 12 August [next Wednesday and Thursday] as the dates when Cyril Ramaphosa will appear before the State Capture Inquiry, to give evidence and be questioned on certain matters. He will complete his evidence relating to the ANC in his capacity as the President and former Deputy President.”

WHAT WILL THE PRESIDENT BE ASKED ABOUT?

Ramaphosa served as Jacob Zuma’s Deputy President during uBaba’s nine-year term in charge of South Africa, and then went on to replace his senior in February 2018. It’s during this period that state capture reached its frenzied heights, as the Guptas and their associates willingly looted the state before it all came crashing down.

Just over 15 months later, Cyril won the General Election, keeping him in charge of the country until 2024. However, the ANC Elective Conference happens next year – and Ramaphosa has his enemies.

Factional battles have threatened to tear the ANC apart, and these divides were cracked open further following Zuma’s arrest in July. With Ramaphosa back in the hot-seat, a set of more difficult questions now lie in wait for him.

 


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